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Paid Family Leave has begun in NY, but questions remain Paid Family Leave took effect in New York at the start of the year, making most employees eligible for the significant benefit. Private employers were required to ensure their employees have paid family leave coverage by Jan. 1, which included setting...

Do Bulk Sales Laws Still Exist in New York?

By Lyle C. Mahler I recently came across a discussion among members of the Business Law Section of the NYS Bar Association where a question was posed concerning the possible purchase by the client of the posting attorney of all or “substantially all” of the assets of a business.  In reading the...

Who’s Who – Residential & Commercial Real Estate Law – Jacklyn A. Zitelli

Jacklyn A. Zitelli is a real estate associate at Farrell Fritz, representing corporate and individual real estate clients in the acquisition, sale and financing of commercial and residential real estate. Zitelli also represents landlords and tenants in leasing transactions, and private and institutional lenders in commercial financing transactions. For parties entering...

Repeat Performance: More Insights on Receipts and Releases

Recent months have been witness to multiple opinions addressed to receipts and releases. Three of these opinions, In re Ingraham and In re Salz, both decided by the New York County Surrogate’s Court, and Matter of Lee, decided by the Appellate Division, Second Department, were examined in my August and...

How Government Can Help Coasts Adapt to Climate Change

Many of the subjects that I discuss in this column relate in one way or another to climate change. This past September, for example, my column entitled “Agency Ruling Signals State Power on Greenhouse Gases” explored a decision by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) that could...

Recreation Districts and the Legacy of ‘Bonnie Briar’

More and more local governments throughout the state are relying on a 1999 Court of Appeals decision to enact zoning changes that preserve open space and other natural resources. Many, and perhaps even most, court decisions simply resolve a legal dispute between the litigants and are never heard of again....

Receipts and Releases: A Word to the Wise

Receipts and releases have been used as both a shield and a sword in estate proceedings when fiduciaries are confronted with claims which previously were resolved, or at least, allegedly so. Though instinctively a release is thought to provide an absolute bar to continuing litigation, the factual circumstances surrounding the...

Agency Ruling Signals State Power on Greenhouse Gases

The decision issued at the end of August by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) denying certain approvals in connection with a proposed natural gas pipeline that would fuel a major new power plant under construction in Orange County may have been seen by environmental activists as...

Adult Entertainment Industry Loses Another Challenge

After more than two decades, litigation over New York City’s efforts to use its zoning powers to regulate adult bookstores and adult eating or drinking establishments appears to be over. The story of New York City’s efforts to regulate the adult entertainment industry, which began under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani more...

Create an innovation district at the Nassau Hub

The opportunity to redevelop the Nassau Hub’s Coliseum site into a proposed biotech park is an extraordinary one that can be a major catalyst for economic growth on Long Island, if we get it right. That means designing it so that it is not another office park but a true innovation...

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